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Board of Directors


Sheila Laursen - President

Sheila started off as a registered nurse before she joined the field of community development. Sheila was the first Coordinator for the West Island Community Resource Centre before beginning a 23-year career with the YMCA of Montreal, working as the Director of Community Programs, before becoming the Director of International Programs for the YMCAs of Quebec, until she retired. Since then, she has taken on a volunteer role with her church, Child Haven International, the YMCA, Meals on Wheels, TQSOI, Corbeille de pain, and helping refugees and asylum-seekers.  

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Nicole Pelletier - Treasurer

Nicole has an MBA and expertise in finance, budget management, financial planning, reporting, regulations and requirements for non-profit and charitable organizations. Over the course of her career, she has worked in the fields of consulting, management, human resources, logistics and more.  She has a particular interest in food insecurity and everything to do with food, markets and cooking.


Geneviève Lussier - Secretary

Geneviève has been interested in the availability of good healthy food since university, where she was involved in the Frigo Vert and People’s Potato, two food security initiatives at Concordia. Since then, she has run bulk buying groups, participated in community kitchens, and founded a suburban fruit harvesting group for 6 years, calledVergers chez nous, that (since 2022) has become a program of Corbeille de pain. She is also an avid vegetable gardener who believes that having the opportunity to forage, grow, preserve and share homegrown food is a key component of ensuring food security.

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Gary Spiller - Board Member

Gary is an ecologist, teacher and education consultant. He is currently developing outdoor education programs for elementary and high schools to increase environmental awareness on biodiversity, climate change and pollution issues.  He has worked on nutrition education and food security projects. He joined Corbeille de pain in 2016, and has participated in community kitchen activities and events.  He represents Pointe Claire on the West Island Friends of the Environment Coalition. He is working to improve school safety, recycling, science education and special education programs.


Caroline is a Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Plant Science and Director of Internship. Her main interest is in ecological agriculture where she also conducts research on food security on the island of Montreal and on ecological agriculture practices and management. She is a committee member for the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security of McGill University, mentor to the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden, president of the Marché Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Vice president of École-O-Champ, an agricultural education organization which is the official representative of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC) in Quebec.

Caroline Begg (PhD) - Board Member

Maureen Rose (PhD) - Board Member

Maureen is retired from university teaching and dietetics student supervision at McGill University. Her profession had allowed her to work closely with many non-profit food assistance organizations, including but not limited to, Equipe Entreprise, Share the Warmth, and Heart and Hands. She is very knowledgeable in nutrition, food budgeting and other aspects of food and nutrition literacy. She is pleased to be able to share her extensive knowledge and skills with the Corbeille de Pain community. 

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Stephanie Childs -
Board Member

Stephanie has a background in conflict transformation, collaborative decision-making and alternative governance developed over a decade of working in food justice movements. With experience in grassroots, community service and national policy levels, she understands the need to bridge strategic priorities with the reality of front line work. In her current role as lead on community engagement and shared power at Concordia's SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation, she is focused on co-developing organizational structures that are responsive to insight from diverse perspectives and world views.

Kate Pang -
Board Member

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Kate is currently a university student in the Dietetics program at McGill University. She has extensive volunteering experience, as well as work experience, with non-profit organizations that focus on food and/or nutrition, including as a kitchen animator at Corbeille de Pain. She has joined our Board as a vehicle to continue her interest in promoting food security in the West Island.

Apply to join our board of directors!

We are looking for volunteers to join our Board of Directors and make a positive impact on food security in the West Island of Montreal.

What is involved in being a CDP Board Member:

  • Participate in 8-10 board meetings per year, as well as committee meetings and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

  • Help with fundraising and programs.

  • Educate others about the importance of food security and the work of Corbeille de Pain.


We are ideally looking for directors with fundraising experience.

To apply, please fill out this form:

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